sleeping bag studios reviews 'losing our control'

ASTRONOMIQUE - 'LOSING OUR CONTROL' - SINGLE REVIEW

So much yes to this!

Astronomique sounds like an immaculate blend of many things I love in the music scene on their new single, Losing Our Control.  I really dig the vibes they create on this tune…it’s a smart combination of sound that is certain to appeal to the indie crowd out there in all kinds of ways.  Take the Peter Bjorn & John-like production…the theatrical approach of a band like Hooverphonic…the post-punk rhythm & groove of a band like The Cure…add in a sprinkle of The Subways, Belly – or even Echobelly for that matter, just to add some more artistic flavor & perspective into the mix. And voila, you’ve got yourself something close to the sound of Astronomique.

Guitarist Sean Hogan and bassist Preston Saari know what I’m talking about. The unbelievably awesome chops they put on display here could practically fit right into The Cure’s catalog (a song like “Lullaby” for example). The entire band will go on to prove they’re built on remarkable strengths, but you’re likely to notice the stunning skills of this pair of axe-holders first. The guitars have amazing tone and ideas, and that bass NEVER quits flowing with incredible rhythm. The way they interact and complement each other is pure perfection.  With the added keyboards and the stunning, shimmering, melodic, and haunting vocals from Logan Andra Fongemie – and especially the way this song opens-up and expands brightly in the chorus – Astronomique does well to add their own signature stamp on the sound overall, and offer their own twists to it. Even though they’ve got themselves categorized as Darkwave Synthpop on their social media pages, while it does qualify, it’s also not likely what you’re typically expecting Darkwave Synthpop to be like - ya feel me? The electro-elements, keyboards, and atmosphere definitely play a massive role. But overall, you’ll find that this band relies quite confidently on the strength of their musicianship and not just clever programming. The authentic and organic sound this band brings together to formulate a dreamy creation like Losing Our Control is damn magical. I love what I’m hearing here.  I love the distance in the vocal-mix. I love the echoes and backing vocals complementing the lead as well. I gotta admit, Logan has the kind of style, approach and sound that I could listen to for days. Angelic, graceful, raw, real – Logan mixes emotions and thoughts magnificently through the lyrics and gives weight to the words she sings by finding the right energy to match the vibe and pulse of the song spectacularly well. Mitch Billings (I haven’t forgotten about you brother), you’re holding it down rock-solid on the drums back there. I hear ya, not a beat out of place, sir, and great tone on those hits of yours.

What I think ultimately is that there’s quite a bit going on here that should be paid attention to.  The more I listened to Losing Our Control, the more I felt myself happily repeating a beautifully hypnotic vibe I never seemed to ever want to end.  I mean, I’d get up for the occasional cup of coffee like I always do – but that’s on me and my own addiction, not on them. But the moment it was brewed, I’d be right back to listening to this single from their new Sharp Divide album...which is coming out like, days around the corner from now on June 8th this year. Got a highlighter pen or something to circle the date with? Good to hear! You SHOULD want something like this for your ears – treat yo’self!

Because for reals people…I’m not even quite sure if I can describe it in-full myself. But I know awesome when I hear it, and this is that.  There’s something blissfully special in this combination of sound, the writing, the interaction in the musicianship, and relationship between the players in this band. Best way I can think to put it, is that a lead-single as strong as Losing Our Control leaves me with no doubt whatsoever that what we’re likely to find on the 'Sharp Divide' album is going to be equally awesome. Astronomique is impressively focused and perhaps even more skilled when it comes right down to it – and my gut tells me that they’re really on to something.  I think the attention to detail and remarkable skill on display throughout the incredible flow of this artistically-inclined subtle groove speaks volumes on behalf of what this band is capable of, and the unique potential that exists in Astronomique. I really think this band from Minneapolis is bound to have created something massively moving and memorable on 'Sharp Divide' after what I’ve heard in this lead-single. I love every second of Losing Our Control.

-Jer

secrets of the city blog plugs 'sharp divide' release show

WEEKEND PLANNER:

We've been waiting for c.Kostra to play a show with new wave upstarts Astronomique, and it's finally happening with Phantom Tails at the Entry. 

Saturday, June 9

Tickets: http://event.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSale.do?performance_id=8085148&method=restoreToken

 

fw reviews: 'sharp divide' lp

'SHARP DIVIDE' - ASTRONOMIQUE

Astronomique are a space odyssey style band from Minneapolis, MN. Their name has been borrowed from a French picture book called ‘Lunette Astronomique,’ and it suits them perfectly! 

Their latest album is a 10-track beautifully and lovingly crafted piece of work. The band describe their music as ‘space-age electro psych-pop’. They have achieved their aim. We took an audio tour around the solar system while enjoying this very well executed first album. 

The opening track, ‘Forefathers,’ sets the scene beautifully as to what is to come. There is a gorgeous synth opening followed by very well mixed drums, equipped with a snappy snare, and filled with texture and balance. A lot of thought and precision has gone into the musical melodies accompanying the vocals. Two separate instrumental parts can be heard panned in either ear, working together as one with the main leading light: the stunning lead vocals. The chorus is also sublime, accented with an unobtrusive tambourine, carrying proceedings through and giving life and soul to a harmonious tune.

Another stand out track is ‘We Disappear,' which captures synths working together in unison, separated only by octaves. We believe this song would be a strong single choice. There is a recurring theme in the opening synth riffs, which come in and out, and feel like an old friend when they reappear. This track is unmistakably Astronomique. It is catchy, thought provoking and welcoming. Again, the tambourine is used in the correct measure for a supportive back bone to a thought provoking song.

We also adored ‘Smoke’. The instruments offer interesting chord progressions and unexpected twists and turns. The delay on the vocals is very long, and this is works well in adding sustenance to the track. The guitar riffs have their own themes, working independently of each other, while still sounding as one.

There is no denying the musicianship on this album. Each player somehow manages to do their own thing while still coming together as a whole. This can only be accomplished to such a high standard by musicians who really know their craft. The vocals are smooth and delicate, while still packing a catchy punch. The bass and guitars are funky and interesting, showcasing their own style, technique, and flare. The drums provide the heartbeat, shining in the background while keeping everything together. The synths give a new wave feel, reinventing an 80’s classic style in an innovative, made-for-the-2010’s way. 

While the instrumentation on the album is similar on each song, they all have their own unique personalities. The familiar instruments make for a cohesive and inclusive piece of art.

Overall, we were very impressed with the balance of the album. Much like the solar system, the instruments do their own thing but work in harmony together. 

A summer classic for sure and we can’t wait to hear what comes next!

warlock asylum international news features 'losing our control'

'LOSING OUR CONTROL' BY ASTRONOMIQUE

Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Astronomique comes with a soulful brand of darkwave and synth-pop that is simply nostalgic genius! Consisting of band members Logan Andra Fongemie (vocals, keyboards), Sean Hogan (guitar, vocals), Mitch Billings (drums, vocals), and Preston Saari (bass guitar), Astronomique has cleverly crafted a unique sound by the reinvention of elements derived from 60’s psychedelic rock, the energy behind 70’s b-graded sci-fi films, and a deep infatuation for early-80’s post-punk and dark romanticism. The band’s recent single, Losing Our Control, provides an electrifying testimony of Astronomique’s inventiveness and symphonic creativity.

Losing Our Control is the first single off of Astronomique’s debut full-length album, titled 'Sharp Divide.' This is a really funky tune that grabs your attention, groove first. The dialogue between the bass and rhythm guitar is quite seductive, and Logan’s voice as the lead is definitively the icing on the cake. Losing Our Control is love at first sight for music enthusiasts, devotees of synth-pop, and people who love music of traditional high quality. Welcome to the world of the rewind-button addiction! This track has tremendous commercial potential without losing its melodious organic terrain. Thanks to Astronomique, losing our control is the best way to enjoy their music!

Skope Magazine Review: 'sharp divide' lp

ASTRONOMIQUE – ‘SHARP DIVIDE'

Can music have the potential to make the mind float in the stars?

Can music alone provoke a mind to experience a long odyssey between sound, resonance, and sonic waves, to find the true elements of a fine melody?

Well, if you listen to Astronomique’s latest music album, Sharp Divide, you will definitely lose control over your mind and get lost in the sound, vibes, melody, and the general splendor the album creates. Like the name, Astronomique creates a celestial vibe through the sound and mood of this album. The music is a collection of dark romanticism and '80s post-punk that the crew of Astronomique has created with their skillful music-craftsmanship. A wave of tremendous energy and the intense vibe runs through the songs of Sharp Divide, arousing one's senses and provoking the mind of the listener to experience a journey from this world to another unknown land - one that is dominated by the power of music and sound.

In Sharp Divide, the indie-rock band, Astronomique, has created an infectious sound with mind-blowing dance beats, electrifying yet silky guitar notes, psychotropic waves of synth, and compelling yet mesmeric vocals. Sharp Divide is a collection of ten infectious and psychedelic soundtracks that will play for 36 minutes, while kindling the mind and soul with sparks of fantastic dreamy pop. The sound and melodies resonate a bold feeling among the audience, almost as if they are in the middle of a house party. While the titles of these ten tracks are no surprise, what they envelop is most awe-inspiring, leaving the audience jaw-dropped.

Besides composing spell-binding melodies, Astronomique has shown their talent for weaving hypnotic and beautiful lyrics about human life and its exploration of love, peeling off layer after layer. While Astronomique has chosen love, romanticism, and the journey of life as the theme of Sharp Divide, they have selected a wonderful backdrop to set the theme. It is the proportioned mixture of the '60s freaky hallucinogenic vibes with a slight twist of '80s romantic songs. And the lyrical potion holds no such complications that the audience cannot interpret. The lyrics of these ten songs, in fact, convey the raw and intimate passion of the human heart in a polished manner, one that anyone can relate to.

Of all the tracks found on the new record, Astronomique released ”Losing Our Control” first - probably to provide the audience a hint of what will be served on the platter of Sharp Divide. With a unique sound and texture, this song evokes a '60s vibe, keeping the contemporary mood intact. The song plays out with subtlety and a deeply-buried intense emotion within it. The charming vocals, persuading sound and melody, proportionately used instrumentals, captivating lyrics, etc., together make this track a compelling one.

Astronomique knows the secret recipe of how to make their sound enthralling and swaying at once, sweeping the audience off their feet. Sharp Divide is bringing forth a combination of emotional and sentimental rawness, as well as human experience in dealing with these feelings,  encapsulated in the music craftsmanship and melodic excellence of Astronomique.

9.5/10 Stars

– Leslie Smith

Middle Tennessee Music blog presents 'Sharp Divide' LP

ASTRONOMIQUE TAKES US ON A SPACEY, PSYCH-ROCK JOURNEY ON NEW ALBUM, 'SHARP DIVIDE'

Get ready to jam with Minneapolis based psych-pop-space-rockers, Astronomique, as they guide us through the soundtrack of their newest space wave journey, Sharp Divide.

From the moment I clicked play, I knew I was in for a sonic treat. Hypnotic vocals, melodically rich elements from surf-rock-esque guitars and synth-fueled arpeggiators, and smooth, body swayin’ rhythms join forces to stimulate our senses as we journey through the 10 tracks included on Sharp Divide.

From the opening Forefathers to the psych-poppin’ Losing Our Control; through the darker, grittier Smoke until we reach the mysterious, driving and hypnotic ending Heading Nowhere; Astronomique put on full display their ability to masterfully craft scintillating cosmic arrangements, as well as display an undeniable musicality we can find comfort in as this crew of highly talented musicians navigate our space odyssey.

Astronomique is Logan Andra Fongemie (lead vocals, keys, lyrics), Sean Hogan (guitar, vocals), Mitch Billings (drums, vocals) and last, but never least, Preston Saari (bass guitar). If you ever in or around the Minneapolis area, I suggest catching these guys live. Here is their gig schedule.

Astronomique is available on Bandcamp or you can listen below.

Connect directly with the band on their official websiteFBIG or Twitter.

- Joshua Smotherman

New Release! 'mimic forms' (single)

Mimic Forms (Single)

Tracks:

1.    Mimic Forms

2.    23rd Century

Produced and recorded by by Knol Tate
Mastered by Justin Perkins

Logan Andra Fongemie: Lead vocals, keyboards, lyrics, artwork
Sean Hogan: Guitar, vocals
Mitch Billings: Drums, vocals
Jordan Morantez: Bass guitar

Available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Spotify.

CMJ Stats: 'astronomique' ep

Astronomique's Self-Titled EP spent 4 weeks on the CMJ Top 200 Chart, peaking at #130.

 

Feedback:

“Makes my job so much easier when I get music I like. Keep it up and we’ll keep spinning it.”

- Urban Knights Radio (San Francisco, CA)

 

"Your CD has definitely been well received. Good one.”

- WCHC 88.1 FM (Worchester, MA)

 

“Thanks for the good tunes.”

- RLC-WVPH 90.3 (Piscataway, NJ)

Mostly Minnesota blog presents 'masquerade' music video

Astronomique’s recent video – Masquerade

Astronomique’s latest video combines two things I love – orange sunset skylines of Minneapolis and the 80s retold as the Andrew McCarthy/Kim Cattrall classic rom-com Mannequin with a space age twist.

I saw Astronomique recently at the Bastille Day celebration at Barbette – except I think I really just saw a portion of the band. I was pleasantly surprised with how much richer the music was in the video. It’s a more  melodic version of 80s new wave. I will be looking for an excuse to see them again.

- Ann Treacy

Minneapolis city pages premiere: 'masquerade' music video

Last time we heard from Astronomique, they were having some fun with cheesy archival footage to promote their self-titled EP. Now, the '80s VHS hounds are back at it for their video "Masquerade." 

But this time, they're not reworking lycra to upbeat synthpop. "Masquerade" is far more disenchanted, with washed-out visions of the world playing along to the song's stark lyrics. That doesn't mean there's no funk to the track. It's a definitive Era of Excess call to dance your way through the megamall until the pain subsumes. 

Astronomique play July 20 at the Amsterdam with Mobly and the Peach Kings. They'll also be doing an in-studio at Radio K on August 12.

- Jerard Fagerberg

flatbasset radio's top 25 songs of 2016: 'astronomique'

01. Metasota - #RUMDMT
02. Garrison Grouse - With That Said
03. The Counterfactuals - The Counterfactuals
04. Various Artists - An Earfull Of Sound Unseen
05. Clementine - Truth Mattress
06. Janis Figure - Damage Control
07. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
08. Capital Steez - AmeriKKKan Korruption
09. The Pooches - Splitting An Omelette With My Mother
10. Homeboy Sandman - Kindness For Weakness
11. Beck - Odelay
12. Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo
13. The Verve - A Northern Soul
14. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
15. Astronomique - Astronomique
16. Badly Drawn Boy - How Did I Get Here? 
17. Devata Daun - L o o k
18. Various Artists - Adult Simw Singles Program 2016
19. Tony Peachka - Live On Radio K (2016)
20. Information Society - Creatures Of Influence
21. Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
22. Buck 65 - Talkin' Honky Blues
23. Vats - Today
24. Luna - The Best Of Luna
25. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Rift Magazine Review: 'astronomique' ep

“Past reality, outside of time – we find what is real” are the lyrics that circle your head as you listen to Astronomique’s self titled EP – Astronomique. The EP explores the depth of life and love by showing it through music and art in a ‘60s psychedelic manner, but with an ‘80s love pop song twist. However, it’s not just a group of hippies “on a trip” kind of psychedelic. It is the different workings of vocals, lyrics, keyboard and artwork by French Artist Logan Andra Fongemie, Sean Hogan’s vocals and guitar, and Mitch Billings on the drums that transform the sound into something that's poetic and visionary.

Astronomique starts off with the emotionally-rich song “Masquerade,” which is about pretending everything is alright and fine, when it’s not. A forced masquerade. The lyrics “you stepped aside with pride, while inside you died,” stands out and can be applied to just about any situation in life. Later in the album is the track “All Real Things,” which is a bit of a slower song, giving the album a bit more variety. “Masquerade” and “All Real Things” being parallels.

“Like Junkies” follows, and this is about just simply being free – free to express yourself as human, and to express your sexuality in a good, and healthy way. It is done in such a way that is somewhat risqué, but not in a way that could make some uncomfortable.

“Astronomique” is the third track on the album, with the lyrics “Past reality, outside of time – we find what is real,” the song further conveys the ideal of authenticity that is carried throughout every song on the album. “Astronomique” really shows the band’s personality and what they are all about. Every band member is heard in the song, each having their own different part that really shows their talent.

“Until Daylight” is an 80’s love song. It’s about how love can be so out of reach but once you have it, it can be out of this world. The group has a fascination with outer space, and it is shown through the lyrics: “I promise that I will love you until the day that the planets stand still.” It is that ‘80s song that reminds you of being a teenager and being in love, when it’s only you two in the whole world.

“Until Daylight” shows a different side of the group as well, with most of their songs being either somewhat provocative, or on the topic of being someone you’re not, both connecting in a way. This song balances out the album.

“The Shape You Take” is the last song on the album, and it’s a strong finish. Every person in the group is heard once again, it’s the “making up” part of the story. It shows just how hard love is, but when it’s there, it’s only you two. No one can come in between.

The album Astronomique shows just how intricate life and love can be, revealed with a 1960’s psychedelic vibe through their music and artwork, with a 1980’s love song ideology shining throughout. Astronomique has changed up what local music sounds like for the better.

- Desney Cody

See them tonight with Corey Palmer & Love Trade: http://first-avenue.com/performer/astronomique

wruv 90.1 FM review: 'astronomique' ep

WRUV 90.1 FM Burlington, Vermont

Astronomique is a Minneapolis based synth pop group, and their latest EP doesn’t leave a lot of room for failure. At a mere six songs and a track list just barely spanning over twenty minutes in length, this EP is able to captivate listeners with quality dreamy psychedelic synth-pop. The beats first off are sharply danceable, and the guitar/bass interplay is magnificently echo-driven. This EP is may be hook driven and celestial, but it’s enjoyable synth pop-rock and I think a lot of listeners could enjoy it.

Rara's farm: sweet pop from astronomique

Ever since Welcome To Rockville last month, I’ve been living off of a vicious nonstop dose of heavy rock ‘n roll – time for me to give my throbbing eardrums a break with something a little more melodic. Enter Astronomique and their new single, “The Shape You Take.” 

The new track from the Minneapolis band is addictive dreamy synth pop. It’s not the hard driving rock I’m used to, but it’s a guilty pleasure that I can’t unwrap from my ears. The music offers a definite 80’s new wave feel, yet it’s distinctive enough that I can’t pinpoint one band whose sound they emulate.

The band mentions gaining inspiration from The Cure, Depeche Mode and A Flock of Seagulls, and you can sense that in the music particularly with the latter, with the obvious exception of the intoxicatingly sweet vocals delivered by female vocalist/keyboardist, Logan Andra Fongemie.

Check it out and see what you think. And, check out some other killer new music we’ve dug up for your enjoyment here: RARA’s Fresh Crops
 
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- Mike G